Materials for Artworks' Conservation (Prof. Aldo Romani)

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Chemical and physical behaviour of materials in specific environments. Structure and composition of heterogeneous materials in artworks for the diagnosis of their state of conservation. Origin and mechanisms of materials’ degradation phenomena. Micro-spectroscopy for the study of the in-depth distribution of organic and inorganic materials in cross sections. Protection and consolidation of porous materials. Materials and execution techniques in contemporary art. Protocols for the assessment of the state of conservation of artworks in case of emergency.

Considerable efforts are devoted to develop new methodologies and portable instrumentation for non-contact analyses to be carried out in-situ, without any sampling or movement of the artwork, within MOLAB programs.

Laboratory experiments include the exploitation of synchrotron radiation and of other laboratory techniques, as micro-FT-IR, micro-Raman, XRF, XRD,UV-VIS-NIR absorption and emission spectroscopies, GC-MS, ICP-AES, LA-ICP-MS, SEM, AFM, and NMR relaxation.


Theoretical calculations are also used to model structural, electronic, and spectroscopic properties of materials for spectral assignments.



Aldo Romani ( – Associate Professor - Group Coordinator

Letizia Monico - Researcher

Anna Amat - Grant Holder

Brenda Doherty - Grant Holder

Chiara Grazia - Grant Holder

Corinna Fiorucci - Grant Holder

Patrizia Moretti - PhD. Student

Annalisa Chieli - PhD. Student

 Elisa Boccalon - PhD. Student



Prof. Antonio Sgamellotti, Prof. Brunetto Giovanni Brunetti, Prof. David Cappelletti, Dr. Marco Paolantoni and Dr. Catia Clementi, University of Perugia, IT; Dr. Costanza Miliani, Dr. Laura Cartechini, Dr. Francesca Rosi and Dr. Simona Fantacci, CNR-ISTM, Perugia, IT; Dr. Manuela Vagnini and Dr. Alessia Daveri, Laboratorio di Diagnostica Regionale per i Beni Culturali, Spoleto, IT; Prof. Rocco Mazzeo, University of Bologna, IT,  Dr. Michel Menu, Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musees de France, Paris, FR; Dr. Demetrios Anglos, FORTH, Heraklion, GR; Prof. Koen Janssens, University of Antwerp, BE; Dr. Jana Sanyova, KIK-IRPA, Brussels, BE; Dr. Ella Hendriks, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, NL; Dr. Marta Castillejo, CSIC, Madrid, ES.

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